Marie Kondo is the cutest. If you haven’t read her New York Times bestseller on decluttering, maybe you’ve caught her new mini-series on Netflix. She’d have a heyday in my closets and kitchen, but I’m holding fast until summer to do any serious cleaning out.
You can sense from watching Marie that she’s passionate about helping people declutter and reorganize as a way to bring joy. In fact, that’s the key to her Konmari method: find what sparks joy.
And while cleaning out closets and cabinets does feel good, you know what sparks real joy for me? Time in God’s Word.
It’s the single biggest joy boost I know.
I cannot tell you how many times (especially in the last 7 years of being a widow and single mom) I’ve started my morning with a heavy burden or worry or deep missing. But once I get into God’s word, there’s a great exchange that takes place: I give God my burdens and take back his abiding joy and peace.
It’s a healing joy. It roots out my worry and grief, lifts my head to see the good of life now, and spills over into my mothering and work and ministry.
It’s a steadying joy. While I assumed joy would come after a tidy resolution of my circumstances, God’s word helped bring joy right in the midst of those circumstances.
So let’s see 6 ways God’s word sparks joy.